LincVolt is a 1959 Lincoln Continental, owned by musician Neil Young, that was converted into a more fuel-efficient, hybrid demonstrator vehicle.
According to the LincVolt website, the goal of the LincVolt project is “to inspire a generation by creating a clean automobile propulsion technology that serves the needs of the 21st Century and delivers performance that is a reflection of the driver’s spirit. By creating this new power technology, Lincvolt hopes to reduce the demand for petro-fuels enough to eliminate the need for war over energy supplies, thereby enhancing the security of the USA and other nations throughout the world.” Read more on WIKI page
From The Official LincVolt Website
Our goal is to inspire a generation by creating a clean automobile propulsion technology that serves the needs of the 21st Century and delivers performance that is a reflection of the driver’s spirit. By creating this new power technology we hope to reduce the demand for petro-fuels enough to eliminate the need for war over energy supplies, thereby enhancing the security of the USA and other nations throughout the world.
We want to build a zero emissions automobile that eliminates roadside re-fueling entirely, a safe powerful automobile that is comfortable and economic on both long trips and the commute to work, an automobile that can generate power to the home when it is parked, potentially creating an income stream for the owner.
By working with established technologies in new ways, with the best people and companies available in each field, and creating a film about the innovative re-powering of a 1959 Lincoln Continental convertible and its trip around the USA, we aim to publicize our story of innovation to make a major difference in the knowledge of, creation, and use of clean power in the 21st Century. a 2.5 ton 19.5 foot automobile, making automotive history with an extended range and mpg that has never been attained in a full size vehicle.
December 1, 2013
MAX RIVLIN-NADLER on GAWKER
With the legalization of the sale of marijuana coming into effect in Colorado on January 1st, everyone in the Centennial State has been getting ready for the bloodshot eyes of the nation to be on them. In that spirit, the Denver Post has hired a marijuana editor, and their introductory interview with him is pretty amazing.
Ricardo Baca, who covered entertainment and music for the newspaper for the past twelve years, will be taking over the post. He seems pretty excited.
Does he smoke weed?
“The short answer: I’ve covered concerts for a living over the last 15 years. That means hanging out with musicians, working with people in the industry, attending music festivals in Austin and the Coachella valley and New York and L.A. So yes.
Will he share the “beat” with the other reporters in the newsroom?
My colleagues who first approached me about this job told me that I will have access to reporters throughout the newsroom, and the entire staff knows that this is our biggest initiative for the coming year. Best of all, the staff wants to be involved because we’re all professional journalists and this behemoth of a story is the real deal.
Will there be a marijuana critic?
We are absolutely hiring a freelance pot critic. And a freelance pot advice columnist. And a freelance video game writer. What we’re doing here is covering cannabis culture and news from a professional, journalistic and critical point of view. If you think you have something to offer: email@example.com. Read more…
November 29, 2013
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“Boston-based DraftKings, Inc. has just declared that it closed a $24 million Series B round of funding led by Redpoint Ventures, with participation by GGV Capital, Atlas Venture, and BDS Ventures. This great source of financing comes only 6 months after DraftKings closed a $7 million Series A round led by Atlas Venture (also involved in the new round). Combined with the $1.4 million in seed capital DraftKings received in April 2012, the company has secured a total of $35 million from outside sources (DraftKings’ Series A remained open and ended at more than $10 million in funding). A very impressive number for a company that has been in existence for less than 2 years.” read more…
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October 13, 2013
All Hail Columbus Day, 2013
by David Yeagley · October 13, 2013
Reposted from David Yeagley’s BAD EAGLE website
David Yeagley is the great-great-grandson of Comanche leader Bad Eagle.
Of course, the liberal tradition capitalizes on condemnation and lamentation, therefore, Columbus is a major target. The entire “plight” of the Western Hemisphere is romantically (and immaturely) blamed on the adventures of Cristóbal Colón (1451-1506).
But let’s examine a few major points of interest regarding the man and his times.
1. Columbus never met an American Indian. The Taino and Carib Indians (of the islands Columbus landed on) were Arawak, from Venezuela. American Indian protest is a bit misguided, therefore. After all, it is not Arawak, Aztec, or Eskimo who are named in the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States. It is the American Indian. None other.
Yes, Columbus misnamed the people he encountered. Having never traveled east, to the Orient, he had not accurate idea of the what the Hindu people looked like. He initially assumed he has landed on India’s shores.
Of course he wasn’t the first non-American Indian person to land in the American continent. Everyone’s claiming that status these days, like the Chinese, the Africans, the Muslims, etc. (Never mind the Vikings, or even the Irish!) It is a circus of historical theory at this point. What Columbus did was map out a route that could be re-traveled by others, (at least Europeans). For that, he is indeed responsible.
2. As in the case of many great men, men of galactic vision, Columbus was imprisoned by his own government. In October of 1500, nearly eight years to the day since is first Western landing, Columbus, already in chains at the end of this Third Voyage, was jailed in the southwestern Spanish port of Cádiz. He was mocked, and considered, by his own government, a tyrannist in the New World.
His physical sufferings during the Second Voyage, including everything from dysentery to gout and Reiter’s syndrome, to occasional blindness. He lay bed-fast for months, during times which should have been triumphant for him.
The natural discouragement of illness and physical misery, plus the heaven-daring irony which Castile seemed determine to inflict upon it’s greatest hero, must have been nigh unbearable. Only a giant of a man could endure such conflict, personal and physical. - Read more from the Bad Eagle Website:
August 23, 2013
At a time when it seems that the USA isn’t (the USA,) the Hatfields and McCoys: White Lightning show on The History Channel takes us back to America’s roots. Not as far back as the Founding of Jamestown, Columbus or even Geronimo - but back to the time when two families of the “West Virginia–Kentucky area along the Tug Fork of the Big Sandy River” were involved in The Hatfield–McCoy feud (1863–1891.)
“The Hatfield–McCoy feud (1863–1891) involved two families of the West Virginia–Kentucky area along the Tug Fork of the Big Sandy River. The Hatfields of West Virginia were led by William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield while the McCoys of Kentucky were under the leadership of Randolph “Ole Ran’l” McCoy. Those involved in the feud were descended from Ephraim Hatfield (born c. 1765) and William McCoy (born c. 1750). The feud has entered the American folklore lexicon as a metonym for any bitterly feuding rival parties. More than 100 years later, the story of the feud has become a modern symbol of the perils of family honor, justice, and vengeance.” Read more…
“To this day, the Hatfields and McCoys still live along the West Virginia and Kentucky border on the same land where their ancestors waged America’s most notorious family feud. 150 years later, they are still working the coal mines and still making moonshine. Divided by the Tug River and generations of bad blood, they still don’t get along. Sure, over the years treaties have been signed and handshakes exchanged, but none of that can erase their violent past.”
“Now, the legendary clans are trying to put aside their hateful history and come together, even as old tensions run high. HATFIELDS AND McCOYS: WHITE LIGHTNING, [premiered] Thursday, August 1 at 10 p.m. on HISTORY®, follows the current real-life descendants of Randall McCoy and Devil Anse Hatfield as they face an opportunity that could rewrite history – or further propel their hatred well into the 21st century.”
“With moonshine now legal in West Virginia, seasoned liquor executive Monsell Darville is looking to bring an authentic new moonshine brand to market. He approaches McCoy patriarch Jim Quick, a direct maternal descendent of Randall McCoy, to boldly propose a business partnership with the Hatfields – one that would create a Hatfield & McCoy moonshine. This would require Jim to work alongside patriarch Mark Hatfield, the great-great-great grandson of Devil Anse Hatfield. It would also demand that both families reveal their secret moonshine recipes, supply their legendary well water and most importantly – work together and get along!” Read more…
Probably the slickest and best liquor advertising campaign in the history of liquor, advertising or even campaigns in general is - the marketing of the Hatfield’s and McCoy’s White Lightning. How cool is that? What American wouldn’t drink a glass of White Lightning? Who cares if the American haters, who would call these fine folk dumb-hicks or hillbillies, don’t get the importance or meaning of this legendary family, or don’t get the fact that the terms hillbilly and hick are not necessarily negative. New Yorkers have to invent a lifestyle; these people from the Appalachian mountains actually live life. Their roots run deep in the fabric of America. I’ve got to do research to see if that lackluster TV series The Hatfields and McCoys with Kevin Costner was just a lead-up to the ad campaign for The Hatfields and McCoys: White Lightning. *Was the TV show American Pickers the genesis?
Courtney McCoy is the femme-fatale, star of this fascinating series. “It is only fitting that Courtney McCoy, the daughter of Jim McCoy, has business acumen and a fiery temper to match. Courtney is the organizer of the family and keeps everyone in line. She is an alumnus of Marshall University and graduated with a degree in history and international affairs, with a minor in Political Science. Courtney is currently working toward her master’s degree in Business. Courtney is the family historian, who hates the Hatfields but appreciates the legacy that their families share. Like a true McCoy, she loves four-wheeling and carries her .22 at all times.”
No disrespect meant, but this young woman has a derriere that’s the Real McCoy. I’m talking rock star a–!
Another emerging star of The Hatfields and McCoys: White Lightning
“Known for his country character and backwoods charm, Scotty May loves moonshine almost as much as he loves his family. As one of the proudest descendants of Devil Anse, Scotty May has made his home up Devil Anse’s old hollow. Like his cousins Mark, Missy and John T., he is proud of his family’s history and will defend it against the McCoys. His best friend is his dog, Toto, who sits on his shoulder like a parrot.”
Verbal gemstones of brilliance are offered, every-so-often, from this coolest of cats. Just try to best him.
The Hatfields and McCoys may be here to show us the way back home. We need someone to (moon) shine that light (ning.)
“Moonshine, white lightning, mountain dew, hooch, and Tennessee white whiskey are terms used to describe high-proof distilled spirits, generally produced illicitly. The word “moonshine” is believed to derive from the term “moonrakers” used for early English smugglers and the clandestine (i.e., by the light of the moon) nature of the operations of illegal Appalachian distillers who produced and distributed whiskey.” Read more…
*The History Channel’s, American Pickers, featured a show about collectible items belonging to the Hatfields and McCoys.
August 19, 2013
August’s Full Blue Moon: The Full Sturgeon Moon will be 100% full August 20 at 6:45 P.M Las Vegas time.
Full Moon Names
August is the month of the Full Sturgeon Moon. Some Native American tribes knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this full Moon. Others called it the Green Corn Moon or the Grain Moon.
The following video, featuring Amy Nieskens, is from The Old Farmer’s Almanac
By Tom Weston
"In 2013, the August moon will REALLY be a Blue Moon. That is, it will be the third full moon in the summer season which has four full moons in 2013. This is the original, correct definition of a Blue Moon. The definition about the second full moon in a month is a more recent simplified usage."
Historically, the Native Americans who lived in the area that is now the northern and eastern United States kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to the recurring full Moons. Each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred. These names, and some variations, were used by the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior.
Southeast, Alabama, Georgia
According to WWU, in the Creek language the name for August’s Moon is: “hiyo-rakko” “Moon of the Big Harvest.”
From Western Washington University:
American Indians gave names to each of the full moons to keep track of the passing year. The names are associated with the entire month until the next full moon occurs. Since a lunar month averages 29 days, the dates of the moons change from year to year. Here [is the information from one tribe.]
Pacific Northwest, Oregon
According to WWU, in the Kalapuya language the name for August’s Moon is: “akupiu” “End of Summer Moon.”
“The descendants of the Kalapuya tribes and bands married extensively into other tribes throughout the northwest and within the reservation, and most now have multiple native ancestries. Most Kalapuya descendants are enrolled at The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon. There are an estimated 4,000 Kalapuya descendants.” Read more…
“Clothes washed for the first time in the full Moon will not last long.”
“If you glimpse the new Moon over your right shoulder, you will have good luck.”
“To have a project prosper, start it during the new Moon.”
“Babies born a day after the full Moon enjoy success and endurance.”
August’s Blue Moon: Lunar Oddity of Night Sky Explained
by Joe Rao, Skywatching Columnist - Space.Com | August 16, 2013 01:25pm ET
When the moon rises Tuesday night (Aug. 20), it brings us the August full moon and in addition, it will also technically be a “Blue Moon.”
“But wait a minute,” you may ask. “Isn’t a Blue Moon defined as the second full moon that occurs during a calendar month? Tuesday’s full moon will be the only full moon of August 2013. So how can we call it a ‘Blue’ moon?”
Yet it still is a Blue Moon, but only if we follow a now somewhat obscure rule of astronomy. In fact, the current “two full moon in one month” rule has superseded the rule that would allow us to call Tuesday’s full moon “blue.” Read more…
August 1, 2013
Over the years, since the beginning of rock & roll - in the 50s, I’ve personally known people who are experts in the field. No one knows the business like Rollye James. Mention a few facts or whistle a tune and this dynamo will tell you the name of the song, who the artist is, who wrote it, who the musicians are, and she’ll name the label to boot. By the way MS James is also politically astute. These are the ingredients for cooking up a show for radio. And Rollye James is cooking again, on the air, one more time. She’s doing a 5-day podcast from her home-studio in Philadelphia: “Rollye revived her show, broadcasting weeknights 10pm - midnight via live stream / podcast on June 19, 2013.” “She hosted The Rollye James Show nationally and on international shortwave on WWCR from 2000 to 2011.” Although the show is broadcast live only two hours per day, the daily podcast can be accessed at any time through her website.
A cool factoid about this light-years-beyond-hip, attractive blonde is that she reportedly drove the entire Interstate system - Coast to Coast - alone in a Corvette. For the Denver folks, Rollye James was on KOA in the 80s.
“Paranoid to the max, Rollye holds a front row seat in the world of the Lunatic Fringe. The Rollye James Show is a strange brew of socialist panic, crackpot guests, devoted callers and music trivia. James tackles controversial and provocative issues and her loyal listeners can’t get enough of her intimate conversation. Rollye’s vampire lifestyle and unusual hobbies, such as driving the entire U.S. Interstate System, bring late night intrigue to Philadelphia’s talk radio audience. James vents her frustrations with “Republicrats” and “Demopublicans” by listening to obscure R&B oldies. The Rollye James Show is weird, wonderful and worth-it!”
The Rollye James show is: Politics, pop-culture, science, trivia, music and just talk, including the best bumper music on the planet: “In 2006, Wired Magazine cited The Rollye James Show as having “the best bumper music”. “In 2005, Philadelphia City Paper bestowed a similar award.”
Big News has just unfolded! Art Bell is Going Back on the Air on SiriusXM!
July 30, 2013 — jcrottyccrane
Mark your calendars for September 16th at 10pm Eastern (7pm Pacific) he will premiere on SiriusXM Radio channel 104 with his new show, “Art Bell’s Dark Matter.”
July 24, 2013
Why don’t you know me? Could it be my skin color…..
You won’t recognize me. My name was Antonio West (Antonio Santiago) and I was the 13-month old child who was shot at point blank range by two black teens who were attempting to rob my mother, who was also shot. A Grand Jury of my mommy’s peers from Brunswick GA determined the teens who murdered me will not face the death penalty…too bad I was given a death sentence for being innocent and defenseless.
My family made the mistake of being white in a 73% non-white neighborhood, but my murder was not ruled a Hate Crime. Nor did President Obama take so much as a single moment to acknowledge my murder.
I am one of the youngest murder victims in our great Nation’s history, but the media doesn’t care to cover the story of my tragic demise, President Obama has no children who could possibly look like me - so he doesn’t care and the media doesn’t care because my story is not interesting enough to bring them ratings so they can sell commercial time slots.
There is not a white equivalent of Al Sharpton because if there was he would be declared racist, so there is no one rushing to Brunswick GA to demand justice for me. There is no White Panther party to put a bounty on the lives of those who murdered me. I have no voice, I have no representation and unlike those who shot me in the face while I sat innocently in my stroller - I no longer have my life.
So while you are seeking justice for Treyvon, please remember to seek justice for me too. Tell your friends about me, tell you families, get tee shirts with my face on them and make the world pay attention, just like you did for Treyvon[.]
I’m trying to locate the author of this piece, I’ll publish the name it as soon as I get it.
“A private memorial service was held Friday morning [ From the week of Mon March 25, 2013 ] for young Antonio Santiago, who was cremated, according to West. She said the family is working with the Catholic relief organization Society of St. Vincent de Paul to help with unforeseen expenses.” read more…
July 21, 2013
July’s Full Moon: The Full Buck Moon will be 100% full July 22, at 11:16 A.M. Las Vegas time.
The following video, featuring Amy Nieskens is from The Old Farmer’s Almanac
Historically, the Native Americans who lived in the area that is now the northern and eastern United States kept track of the seasons by giving distinctive names to the recurring full Moons.
Each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred.
These names, and some variations, were used by the Algonquin tribes from New England to Lake Superior.
July 13, 2013
By Jonathan Welsh, WSJ
The jury in the George Zimmerman murder case found the defendant not guilty on all charges in the death of Trayvon Martin.
The all-female panel began deliberations Friday afternoon. Shortly after receiving the case jury members requested a full inventory of evidence presented during the trial, which led some to speculate the jury was preparing for a long haul.
Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch volunteer, was charged with second degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, in a Sanford, Fla., gated community. Judge Debra Nelson ruled that the jury could also convict Zimmerman of the lesser crime of manslaughter.
Much of the trial, which began June 24, has revolved around opposing accounts of the prosecution and defense regarding whether Zimmerman or Martin was the aggressor in the altercation that led to the shooting. Attorneys also argued over whether the escalating confrontation was intense or threatening enough to support Zimmerman’s claim that he shot Martin in self-defense. Read more…
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